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93-95pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy:
Rich deep purple. The fruit is powerful right across the piece but this has taken the heat a little bit more, at least in fruit profile, compared to Aux Murgers. Certainly it is darker and there is a little toastiness at the finish, with the barrel making its presence felt. Nonetheless there is notable power here and this should develop into an impressive wine.
Méo owns over 1ha of vines in Les Boudots, just over the border from Vosne-Romanée Malconsorts, in the village of Nuits-St-Georges. This combines the elegance of Vosne and the structure of Nuits to give a wine with rich, plummy fruit, an earthy undertone, and an opulent structure on the palate that combines density with well-managed tannins. The balance is strikingly good between the velvety texture, rich fruit and firm structure; it shows well now, but will improve considerably with age. Drinking Window 2024 - 2039.
Another real success is the 2019 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots, a lovely wine bursting with notes of plums, wild berries, exotic spices, peonies and blood orange. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated, it's elegantly fleshy, with lively acids, melting tannins and a penetrating finish.
The 2019 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Boudots 1er Cru needed a lot of aeration before it finally graced me with its presence. There is no stem addition in this vintage as there has been in previous years. It has a very well-defined bouquet even though it feels "aloof" at the moment, presenting sous-bois-infused black fruit and traces of iodine. The palate is well balanced with a slightly lactic, licorice-tinged entry. A precocious Les Boudots in the making. There is firm structure, good grip and a countervailing sorbet-like zip on the finish. This has all the components of a very fine Nuits Saint-Georges, but it will require cellaring.
This wine is tough to read in its present condition as the very toasty nose is firmly reduced. Moreover, the wood toast extends to the velvety and sappy palate as well that is both warm and somewhat flat. This is normally one of my favorite wines in the Méo portfolio but it's very awkward and thus my range offers the benefit of the doubt. I will try to taste it next year once it is in bottle to provide an updated perspective. *Burghound Outstanding!*
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